« on: December 03, 2013, 08:00:21 PM »
I used 2 packs of S-04 per 5gal in a Russian Imperial Stout and it did very well.I was happy with S04 in a barleywine.
I get a distinct "bready" note from S-04 that I don't get from the liquid English Ale strains. I like it in certain styles (roasty/toasty styles like brown ales & porters), but no so much in others (fruitier styles like ESB's). I've always been leery in using it in something like a barleywine, since I'm afraid that the bready character would be amplified in a bigger beer with a bigger pitch of yeast. Have you guys found that to be the case?
I too have noticed the bready character of S-04 in more sessionable styles, but in the strong ales, the other characteristics win out. So I too like S-04 for Barleywines. It also makes it easy to brew one without making starters, repitching, etc.